Officers Stress The Importance Of Child Safety Seats

Making sure your kids buckle up could mean the difference between life and death. That's the message law enforcement agencies and CANDY, Citizens Against Needless Death in Youth, are giving this week for National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week.

Officers say this is an important program that emphasizes the use of child safety seats and seat belts, and it's one they will strictly enforce.

"They will be primarily looking for children who are not buckled up, not in the proper restraining device, and they will also be checking for seat belt violations too as they make stops for other violations," Pascagoula Police Capt. Raymond Fulton says.

Failing to restrain your child properly could get about a $60 fine.

  • Officers say children up to 4 years old, or weighing up to 40 pounds should be placed in a safety seat.
  • Children who weigh anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds should have a booster seat.
  • And children over 80 pounds should use a seat belt.

To find out more about how to protect your child while in the car, call the "Child Safety Seat Inspections" hotline 1-888-DASH-2-DOT or check out their website at